How can we improve the profile stats page?

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How do you like your top-level profile stats page? Any ideas for ways to make the information more interesting? Any ideas for more information to include? I'm open to all ideas.
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I would love to see all five senses recorded, including smell and taste. My fiction includes these as well, so it seems strange to me that 750words only keeps track of sight, hearing, and touch.
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Wow! What a fantastic site!

Thank you for making this service available!!

x Jenny x

http://www.stream-lining.com
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This site is fantastic!
Don't know if there are a lot of foreign users (like me) but it would be wonderful if your site became international so that we could see all that "emotional" and words statistics work for us too ;)
By the way, merci beaucoup!

Arthur
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Agree with Arthur and get frustrated when the site does not support me when I write in French. And me, too, merci beaucoup!
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You could imply more languages in the future. (Maybe German;))
But your idea is great!
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I've only been using 750words for the past two days (so far written 2,500 words, which is a big leap for me!) but I've been writing my novel for the past year and a half or so.

Going to my suggestion, the maturity rating feature really caught my interest, mainly because I'm concerned of whether or not my book is truly appropriate for the teen audience I'm aiming it at. That said, I would absolutely LOVE to see a side feature where you could upload word documents/other pieces and have them analyze the same way you have your daily writing analyzed.

Just a small suggestion that I would be ecstatic to see! I'm in love with the site so far <3
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It would be nice if, in addition to just telling us, for instance, that we are concerned with death or success -- the analysis would give us some insight into how it's reaching those conclusions -- what words or phrases does it draw that conclusion from? It frequently tells me, for instance, that I have some feeling or and concerned with some topic that I can't find in my work. The same goes for things like account of swearing and sexual content – if it would show us some of the keywords that it uses to make these assessments – if there was a little more transparency in how the analysis works – it would be even more interesting and useful.
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WOW holy crap this was totally insightful and unexpected!

SO when i read my most commonly frequently used words in my entry i automatically started looking at in a piecing it together in a sentence that completed a thought about the general theme there kind of way.

I think it would be cool to have a box to rearrange the words much like magnet poetry to form an abstract construction of the whole mess!

Thanks!
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For the most part, I found the page helpful -- I especially liked the section dealing with Primary Sense, as this is an area in which I know I need to improve.

However, I believe the rating was inaccurate. I got PG-13 for : "Sexual Content, Language and Violence." O.o I must say (and explain) that this is entirely untrue!

The violence *might* have warranted a PG, but blood was never spilled, and no-one was even bruised. Sure, they put blades to each other's throats (hence, I guess PG would work), but that's all.

There is not even any content suggesting physical attraction or prolonged contact in the text. A character puts her arm over a friend's shoulder for comfort, but that's the longest and most intimate sequence of physical contact involved (and I can honestly say I do not see any sexually-related "slang" words in there, either).

I do have some characters who are referred to as Lord This or That, but the only exclamation used by any character is "Good grief."

I would not be so bothered by this except for that I have no way of knowing whether or not others may see this rating, and I do not want to see "Sexual Content, Language and Violence" listed among my work's content when they are nowhere to be found.
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Also, I would like to have some grounds for confidence that my rating is accurate, and useful for crafting my work. As it is, I find the otherwise helpful feature useless, because it has obviously misinterpreted something in the mix.
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On the subconscious page, it's unclear to me why a certain data point (e.g., under Typing) is red vs. green? Is the color coding comparing "Your Avg" with "The World Avg"? How should I interpret a red vs. a green data point? Is the color coding based on an objective benchmark? Perhaps it would be better to leave out the color coding. I'm not really looking at this to evaluate my own writing "performance". Sorry to get a little carried away with this but I recently worked at a education technology firm and focused a lot on how to display student performance data in a way that's insightful for teachers. The meanings behind and impact of color coding was a big aspect of the designs.
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I'm not sure if this has been mentioned yet or not, but how about rating your level of writing. Perhaps by age. I know it might upset some people but it is yet another use of the site, and another goal to strive for.
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When I hit on the "eternity" page, it says I have written 0 words and completed 0 days which is not true. Is there a problem in the system? also, it would be nice to see "my profile" somewhere. The names are a bit confusing. Beyond that, AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME!
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I am loving the site and all the stats. I am confused about how some stats are calcuated though. What other words besides ahs and ums count as ahs and ums? I don't use ahs and ums at all, so I am curious about what other words are included in that stat.

Similarly, I have not used any swear words here (although I do use them occasionally in other writing). What are some words other than the ones listed that count as swearing? And I do not recall using any words with sexual content either. Maybe they are counting the word "desire"?

I know you can't reveal your whole algorithm but I am curious to know a little more about how those three stats are compiled.

Thank you thank you thank you for this site. I am enjoying it a lot and looking forward to being part of the July daily challenge.
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one more thing: is there any easy way to indicate the grade level of the vocabulary we choose? 5th grade level, 10th grade level, etc. I am trying to simplify my writing and would really love to see a stat like that.
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Overall, I like the subconscious page. However, the red and green buttons that represent negative and positive percentages make me feel bad when I look at them. Some things I consider to be a good thing, such as a low percentage of violence, are red. I understand the design decision logically, but emotionally I don't respond positively to it.
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Adrienne Bleiler

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Totally agree! I feel like it's a bad report card. Maybe we're just sensitive...
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Adrienne Bleiler

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really love everything so I'm just nitpicking. I think the site is awesome. I also read The Artist's Way and did the longhand thing for awhile. But it is definitely nerve wracking to have notebooks laying around with my intimate thoughts. I was so excited to find this site!
My one tiny comment is that I get "feeling mostly affectionate" every time, even when I definitely am not, and I assume it's because I use "like" a lot. That's all I can think of. Not quite sure how to fix this...
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Adrienne Bleiler

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Also I wanted to say I love the one month challenge thing. It is definitely keeping me motivated!
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Paweł Madej

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to make stats more valid for writers that do not write all in english i propose to make option for setting main language for writing day. and count stats only for days written in english if you do not plan to make other languages statistically enabled.
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I just joined and I wrote 1000 words. When I signed up I said I would not type in English but I ended up typing in English anyway, so I edited my account to say English and I typed a few more words into my daily entry hoping it would update it. On the stats page the typing statistics are accurate, but nothing else is. It says I used "0" conjuctions but I counted and I used "and" at least 30 times. It doesn't show anything for the emotions -- all the graphs just show me what the world average is.

Emotions, Concerns, Word Usage, and Your View of the World are all absent. "Your overall mindset" is filled in though, perhaps correctly.
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I wish 'subconscious' page would work for russian language. The idea is great and it's very interesting ;-)
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This is very specific, but I'm working on Dogen, and tend to write the word a lot. It needs a macron over the o, though, and I would love to know how or whether or not I can do that... help, please??
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I'm with the commenter who was surprised at the number of hesitation words recorded and couldn't find any when they looked. I am in the same situation.

Today I was really surprised to find that my little piece - which was mostly about my thoughts on counselling other people - not only revealed that I was "upset" and "negative" (I wasn't, but some of the people in the situations I had been writing about were), but also required a PG rating for swearing and sexual content! There was no sexual content of any kind, and there was a *reference* to swearing (I wrote that I told one person to feel free to swear like a sailor if she needed to, because this was therapy, and indeed she did), but I didn't quote any of the language she used.

I'm now officially confused. :-) Having said all that, some of the mindset stuff does work well - I reliably come out as introverted. I think part of what may be happening is that the word analysis algorithm doesn't distinguish between the writer feeling upset (or any other emotion) and someone who is being written about feeling upset, and this may perhaps be a particular problem for anyone who does counselling. But I can't find any way to explain the "swearing and sexual content" which weren't there.
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I am also really confused about the swearing and sexual content. I hardly ever swear, except on political blogs, and even then I usually censor myself, so I keep wondering what words I could be using to give my writing a swearing average of 8.3. I don't remember swearing at all on 750 words.

I also have no idea what words could be counted as sexual content.

A lot of the other results seem accurate, but those two measures, and the hesitation words, are a mystery to me.
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Same thing with me--I keep getting told I am "Upset" as the BIGGEST emotion when the writing was upbeat! Same as others, I get hit with labels that do not reflect the content or word choice of my piece at all!
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My suggestion is to remove the "ah" and "er" and "um" counter. I have never typed these words in my life (and suspect that most people don't), and the data shows me at a very high percent.

I am guessing it scrolls for "er" and "ah" and "um" in the posts, which makes me think that typing "farmer" or "vacuum" counts toward this category.

"Ahs" and "ums" are much more of a verbal tic, not a writing one. And since we all know tics are not a positive thing, it feels like a little scold that your 750 words are kind of faked with fillers. (Writers are sensitive!)

I say this with affection. I love the site.
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Overall it's a great settings page. No unnecessary items.

Perhaps a button that is black on white and immediately to the write of the settings for setting my photo.